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Cooperative Field Day

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Here’s a neat Field Day activity that’s great for older students.  
Submitted by Kevin Tiller from Sanbornville, New Hampshire.  K-8

Background: Here’s a great Cooperative Field Day that we have used for our older students with great success!


This year’s Field Day will involve students working cooperatively to set station records. Below is a list of the stations and their explanations.

Station #1: “KEEP IT UP”

- Beachball


Station Description: Using the beachball, the students cooperatively see how many hits in a row they can make before the ball touches the ground. Any part of the body may be used to hit the ball and students may hit the ball in any order they wish. If the ball touches the ground, students begin again, but remember to record their best score.

Station #2: “TOUCH 25″

- 25 polyspots numbered #1 – #25
- Cones and a stopwatch

This is a relay activity. Place 25 yellow spots numbered 1-25 on the ground. On the signal to begin, the first student runs and touches the number 1 with their foot. When they come back, the next student touches number 2. This continues until all 25 spots have been touched (some students may go twice). The clock stops when the last student comes back to the starting line. Play several rounds, recording the best score, as time permits.

Station #3: “FILL THE BASKET”

- 100 balls of assorted types
- Stopwatch
- Ball container
- Cones to mark the circle if needed

Station Description: On the “go” signal, the clock starts and the students try to get all 100 balls in the basket from outside the throwing circle. When the last ball goes in the clock stops. Play several rounds.

Station #4: “CLASS RELAY”

- Cones and a stopwatch
- Baton or lummi stick

Station Description: Each class must have a total of 25 runners (some may go twice). On the start signal, the first runner runs around the cones with the baton and passes it to the next runner. This continues until all 25 runners have gone. Play again as time permits. Record the fastest time.

Station #5: “SHOE TOWER”

- Yardstick
* Kids with big shoes!

Station Description: For this station a total of 25 separate shoes must be used to build the tallest free-standing structure. Any 25 shoes may be used (big feet help in this game). Measure to the nearest inch. Play again as time permits.

Station #6: “SOCCER KICK”

- Large cardboard box or goal
* Several soccer balls
- Cones to make the restraining line


Station Description: Students line up single file. One-by-one, the students attempt to kick a soccer ball into the boxto score a goal. The group gets 2 minutes to score as many goals as they can. After 2 minutes, stop and record the score. Play as many rounds as time permits. However, only record the highest score made during a single 2-minute period.

Station #7: “CHICKEN CHUCK”

- Parachute
* Rubber chicken
- Measuring tape


Station Description: The object is to see how far the class can fling a chicken from the parachute sideways onto the field. The distance is measured from the side of the parachute to the closest part of the chicken. Play again if time permits and try to beat your best score.

Station #8: “JAVELIN THROW”

- Lightweight “Rocket” or other suitable object
* Numbered cones
- Measuring tape

Station Description: One at a time, the students throw the “Rocket” javelin as far as they can. Mark the longest throw with the cone (i.e., Mrs. Brown’s class is #5) provided for each class. The longest throw of the day wins the station for their class.

Station #9: “LIST OF WORDS”

- Paper and pencils

Station Description: At this station, students try to write as many words as they can that begin with the letter “Z.” Sorry, the teacher may not help! Write the words on the back of the scoresheet.


- Stopwatch; cones, hurdles, hoops and other items

Station Description: There are 25 runners total (some may go twice). On the signal, the timer starts and the first person goes through the obstacles and returns to the line. When the first person finishes, the next in line goes. Stop the watch when the last person crosses the finish line.

Station #11: “FRISBEE GOAL”

- Stopwatch; frisbees, cardboard box or other goal

Station Description: One-by-one, each student tosses a frisbee to see how many times the frisbee hits any part of the goal in a 2-minute period. Play again as time permits and write down the class’ highest score.

Station #12: “TOOTHPICK HUNT”

- Stopwatch and multi-colored toothpicks

Station Description: Students have to find the toothpicks that have been hidden in the grass. After 5 minutes, count the number of toothpicks, record your score, and hide the toothpicks for the next group.

Other: As you can see, the individual classroom teachers are responsible for monitoring, directing, and encouraging their class while at each station. Parent volunteers, if available, may also be used to help guide the classes at each activity station.

Two Field Days in One! Because we are a K-8 school with plenty of outdoor space, the older students (4th-8th grades) do their Field Day on the upper field while the younger students (K-3rd grades) are on the lower field. Stations for the younger students include activities such as tricycle races, bubbles, box hockey, sack race, a picture contest, and a few of the same games that were previously described in this article.

Closing: We hope you and your students enjoy playing this Cooperative Field Day format. Be fit and have fun!

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